Confidence in the Water
Swimming is a life skill as well as great exercise and a challenging sport. The YMCA offers swim lessons for all ages, swim leagues, Masters swim, adaptive swim, community water safety outreach, and more. Swim year-round in our heated, indoor pools.
Group Swim Lessons
Our group swim lessons are taught by caring, certified instructors and teach people to have fun in the water while staying safe, creating an environment where all can come together to learn, grow, and thrive.
30-Minute (7 weekly classes) Member: $73.50 • Non-Member: $147
45-Minute (7 weekly classes) Member: $84 • Non-Member: $168
|Swim Starters||Swim Basics||Swim Strokes|
6 Months-3 Years
|Develops water enrichment and aquatic readiness in children ages six months to three years. This category focuses on developing swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences. Parents also learn how to supervise children in the water, how to prevent accidents and how to plan for emergencies.||Develops personal water safety and basic swimming skills in students of all ages. Swimmers develop a high level of comfort in the water by practicing safe water habits, engaging in underwater exploration, and learning how to swim to safety and exit if they fall into a body of water.||Introduces and refines stroke technique in older students (school age, teens, and adults). Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being and foster a lifetime of physical activity.|
Swim Lessons Schedule
Select your preferred branch below to view fall 2019 swim lesson schedules.
Fall I: September 8-October 26
Fall II: October 27-December 21
Pre-Course: This non-refundable pre-course is required for all participants pursuing lifeguard certification. Must turn 15 years old prior to completion of the course. You will need to be dressed to get into the pool where a swim test will be taken. This includes: Swim 550 yards, continuously. Retrieve 3 dive rings from the bottom of the shallow end. Tread water for 2 minutes, using only the legs. In 1 minute 40 seconds, swim 20 yards, retrieve brick off the bottom, return to the starting point and climb out.
Lifeguard Course: Become a certified lifeguard through the American Red Cross! Must turn 15 years old prior to completion of the course. Those who join the YMCA as a lifeguard upon successful completion of the course will have a partial amount refunded. Before the class starts, you will be sent an online link where you will need to complete the lessons and videos for the course. For the course, you will receive a handbook, CPR mask, whistle and certification valid for 2 years.
|Benton Harbor-St. Joseph YMCA||Pre-Course: October 4; 4:00-5:00 PM
Course: October 5, 12, 19; 12:00-6:00 PM daily
|Niles-Buchanan YMCA||Pre-Course: November 7; 7:00-8:00 PM
Course: November 12-December 17; Tuesdays & Thursdays; 7:00-10:00 PM
Private/Semi-Private Swim Lessons
At both locations we offer punch cards worth five 30-minute classes. Please call or visit Member Service at your preferred branch for current pricing.
Adult Swim Lessons
Designed to encourage adults of all ages to set and achieve person water safety and swim skills. Please register for private or semi-private lessons. Days & times vary. For ages 13+.
Benton Harbor-St. Joseph’s swim team, the Dolphins, is open to ages 5–8 who can complete one length of both freestyle and backstroke and ages 9–18 who can complete two lengths of both freestyle and backstroke. Contact Coach Kendra Gray at firstname.lastname@example.org or (269) 428-9622 for an evaluation. Visit the Dolphins Swim Team website here.
Join us for Summer Swim Team as we travel around Michiana to outdoor pools as part of the MAPSC League! Practice will begin in June on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays in the morning with meets on Wednesday mornings. If you are interested in registering your child, please see Member Service at the Benton Harbor-St. Joseph YMCA. A YMCA membership is required to be a Dolphin.
Niles-Buchanan’s swim team, the Mariners, is open to ages 5–8 who can complete one length of both freestyle and backstroke and ages 9–18 who can complete two lengths of both freestyle and backstroke. Contact Coach Maggie Regan at email@example.com or (269) 683-1552 for an evaluation.
Join us for our Summer Swim Team! Practices will take place at the Niles-Buchanan YMCA and begin mid-April and go through mid-July, with swim meets beginning in June and a post-summer session from mid-July to mid-August. If your child is unsure about joining, we offer a 2-week trial for only $20! Visit the Mariners Swim Team website here.
Aqua Greyhound Masters
Aqua Greyhound Masters Swimming
Aqua Greyhound Masters Swimming is an adult aquatics program that promotes lifelong fitness that includes fun, camaraderie, and motivation to all adult age and swimming abilities. We offer a variety of activities including structured workout sessions, coached swimming analysis, and feedback.
Whether you are a fitness swimmer, a triathlete in training, or simply learning how to swim, everyone is welcome on the Aqua Greyhound Masters Swim Team. No registration required.
|Benton Harbor-St. Joseph YMCA||Begins October 22, 2019
Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6:30-7:45 PM
Saturdays 7:30-8:45 AM
Per Punch Card
Just For You Swim
Just For You swim lessons are adaptive lessons for those with special needs led by a qualified instructor. Water is very calming on sensory overloads, and for those with physical disabilities, the water provides a weightless environment that is often very freeing. These lessons unlock the benefits and enjoyment of water, often giving the swimmers a new lease on life. Available for ages 6-14.
|Benton Harbor-St. Joseph||Thursdays 5:30 - 6:00 PM||Member: $84
|Niles-Buchanan||Tuesdays 5:30 - 6:00 PM||Member: $84